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break a/the spell

1. Literally, to stop the effects of a magic spell, as in a fantasy story or film. My kids love this movie—it's about a group of animals working to break a spell on their forest.
2. By extension, to stop one from being charmed by or enthralled with someone or something. I was totally smitten with my date, until his sexism started to come out—that totally broke the spell!
See also: break, spell

break the spell

 
1. to put an end to a magic spell. The wizard looked in his magic book to find out how to break the spell.
2. to do something that ends a desirable period of figurative enchantment. At the end of the second movement, some idiot broke the spell by applauding.
See also: break, spell
References in classic literature ?
As though the suggestion had broken the spell of some horrid nightmare they hastened to their various quarters, and presently were headed toward the jungle--each one heavily armed.
This I would have done to-night too, if you had not seized me with such force, and so broken the spell I was under.
Watson added: "Jeremy Corbyn has broken the spell of fear the Tories sought to cast on this country.
The concert went well, but before the climax was reached, A mobile phone rang and discordant notes screeched, Everyone came down to Earth and looked around, To see who had broken the spell in the music found.
But I really hope that it has broken the spell and the guys can continue to win some for themselves.
Meanwhile, Derren Brown helps the production team at Sky HQ to create graphics that will hypnotise football fans around the country, who will find their sedated zombie arms incapable of lifting the remote to change channel until George Boyd has broken the spell by completing his medical at Crystal Palace.
As per details, first rain of monsoon season has broken the spell of chilling dry cold.
Knight arrived at the track with 57 straight losers, and her three runners before the final race had not broken the spell.
He is first mentioned by the 4th-century Christian writer Lactantius, who, in so doing, is believed to have broken the spell of a mystery.